Solar Century Holdings Ltd and others v Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change

Electricity – Supply. The claimants challenged a change of policy on the part of the Department for Energy and Climate Change, which brought to a premature close a levy supported scheme and introduced consequential grace periods. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the closure of the scheme had not been unlawful and ultra vires. Pre-legislative statements were not binding assurances that the scheme would not be closed prior to 2017 and had not created such a legitimate expectation. Further, the grace periods were not retrospective and unlawful.

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